We do prefer a balcony. We took a cruise with friends last August and I insisted on balconies for us grown-ups and we put the kids in inside cabins across the hall...it was cheaper than 4 OVs! Anyway, the one friend just knew it was a waste of money, until we opened up the balconies so all three cabins connected. Now, they are insisting on balconies for our Alaska cruise no matter the cost! I think we've created monsters!!